Incredible Century-Stone for a Feisty Woman
When WPX Energy told me they were sending me to Canonsburg, Pennsylvania for a commercial photo-shoot I was pleased. But when I googled the town, I nearly jumped out of my chair. Canonsburg is just 20 miles from Ohio Valley Hospital where I was born. And I would get to visit my 100 year old aunt Carmella.
Carmella remains as brave and engaged as ever. But I found myself wondering if she really remembered who I was. In her younger years she traveled often to Colorado for visits. And I remember dancing with her many times during family events. I must have been about 8 when she showed up unexpectedly at our front door. At 4’11” she was still taller than me, so giving her a hug at the door was natural. Then I got to make the announcement: “Hey mom, dad, guess who’s here?”
Carmella lives with her son Francis who cares for her. As I sat at the kitchen table with cousins, Francis, Donna, Glue (Kristen) and Steven, I was amazed at the resilient fortitude of a remarkable woman. Then she looked at me and said ” So…. you finally lost those …” the word curls eluded her as she twirled her finger near her ear. And I knew that she remembered me and my hipper hair days.